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The Dresden Dolls
The Dresden Dolls are a two-piece band from Boston that formed mid-2000, made up of singer/pianist Amanda Palmer and drummer (and occasional guitarist) Brian Viglione. They describe their style as "Brechtian Punk Cabaret".
The band formed shortly after Brian Viglione witnessed Amanda Palmer performing a solo set at a Halloween party. They found a loyal cult following through the efforts of their dramatic live performances. During these the two band members wear make-up and clothing that combines a cabaret and goth style. They encourage atmosphere, including clowns, mimes, living statues, BDSM demonstrations, and puppet shows.
"Dresden Dolls" is also the name of an early song by The Fall, and Amanda Palmer has indicated that this is partly where the band name was taken from.
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